MEDIA ALERT:

SCSCY'S ADOPTION PERMANENCY DIVISION HAS AN EXCITING NEW ADDITION TO THEIR SERVICES!

Despite being in a loving and safe home presently, all children who have been in the foster care system have been through upsetting and confusing events (trauma) and need support to learn how to deal with their emotions and thoughts regarding their life before your family.

Southern Christian Services, Adoption Permanency Division is excited to reach out to both prospective adoptive parents and adoptive parents to make you aware of our services. The Adoption Permanency Division of Southern Christian Services’ goal is to serve the adoption triad, the biological family (when appropriate) and the adoptive child and family, so the child remains in the adoptive home. The mission of Adoption Permanency Division is to provide adoptive families with information and skills so that the child or children remain in the home without hospitalization or an adoption disruption. Our staff will work with the adoptive parents and child to support you in providing an environment in which the child/youth can safely attach, heal trauma and loss issues, decrease acting out behaviors of the child (ren) and decrease the frustration and stress of the adoptive parents.

All families, children and youth receiving services from the Adoption Permanency Division will have services individualized to meet the needs of their family. Those services will be based on the strengths of each family, including those based on their cultural background.

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. is responsive to the needs of both those waiting for adoption, and those whom have already been adopted. If an adoptive family is in crisis, Adoption Permanency staff will act immediately to support you in stabilizing your family and home. This program offers care with an emphasis on permanency and will focus on your family their safety and permanency only your home and family can provide.

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc.’s Adoption Permanency Division staff is involved in prevention activities with the prospective adoptive family before the adoption is final. Our staff has linkages to offer services to families that are either fostering to adopt, or are applying to adopt a specific child.

The Adoption Permanency staff will provide intensive support to adoptive families that are in crisis. This support will be available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. On call staff will be provided for the convenience of the adoptive family. We will provide adoptive families referrals to adoption-competent therapeutic counseling services for families encountering significant challenges. Adoptive families will be referred to services that can support, and help them during crisis situations and they will know how to access these services. Along with this support, Adoption Permanency staff will advocate for the families to obtain services, and for any other issues that might be needed. The Adoption Permanency staff will walk with the adoptive parents through the crisis and obtaining whatever services that will benefit the family.

In addition to the services of case management, crisis stabilization, information and referral, advocacy, respite services and “Those Who Wait” support groups, the exciting new addition to our array of services is the ability to offer researched based therapy, individual, couples or family, including trauma therapy, to our families and their children in the Hinds, Rankin, Madison and Warren county area, actually to any of our families willing to drive to our Jackson office or through the use of Telehealth. Despite being in a loving and safe home presently, all children who have been in the foster care system have been through upsetting and confusing events (trauma) and need support to learn how to deal with their emotions and thoughts regarding their life before your family. Included in this researched based trauma therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is support for you as the parent of a traumatized child. I’ve included information about the effects of childhood trauma, its effects even into adulthood, if not dealt with, and the Adverse Childhood Experience study that taught us that adverse childhood events can lead to the top ten causes of morbidity and mortality if not dealt with.

Please let us know if you have questions, concerns or if you would like to speak in more detail about our services and the benefits we can offer to your family. You can reach a Permanency Specialist or Respite Coordinator at 601-354-0983.

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